Clocktower The Kölsch | The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe

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Brewed by:
The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe
Ontario, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Kölsch is our flagship brand and our lightest offering.

This beer was patterned off of the traditional German Kölsch that where produced in the city of Koln. Traditionally, this beer was brewed using a portion of the grain as wheat instead of barley.

This beer is perfect for those experimenting with craft beer for the first time.

The aroma is that of cereal grains with a light floral note at the end. Upon drinking, the flavors subtly take over the mouth leaving very little bitterness. There is a noticeably sweet taste that appears just before the carbonation cleans the palate.

25 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jbonapar:
Photo of jbonapar
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not usually a fan of "light beers" but tried this. Poured a clear, slightly golden color. aroma of subtle hops and slightly medicinal. Taste is well, dull. Obviously for the masses. Cornish light body with a subtle hop flavor. I cant even discern anything distinct. Just, plain i suppose. Wouldnt order again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Neutral aroma with a bit of cheesiness. Crowning head on golden yellow. Fizzy carbonation, and apple juice off-taste, with bitter and drying finish. Served to me almost warm. Altogether light and drinkable on a hot day, but nothing to write home about..

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a hazy golden color Kolsch with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal notes with light faint sweet notes is enticing enough for the style. Taste is a nice mix cereal notes with some final sweet notes and some light subtle buttery notes. Body is above average for the style with good carbonation. Easily drinkable even though it is a bit off from the style guideline.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can from the lcbo for around $3. Tastes a little bit too much like apple juice and there is way too much carbonation, it is almost like a seltzer. Maybe I just had a ban can.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source...

Pours typical extra-light yellow - almost a chartreuse - for a Kolsch. Head a little thin - looks like a solid lawnmower entry.

Scent is style-neutral - faint hint of hops and grains but really there's not a whole lot here.

Something about the Kolsch style usually turns me off - maybe a little silage from the Saaz hops - but this one really didn't have much of that. Clean-drinking mildness and spriteliness expected from the style.

Palate feel is pretty much what you expect - clean, crisp...maybe slight bitterness on the finish but nothing blatant.

Good for a hot day - decent pint for style.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewpub in Ottawa. Served in a pint glass, cool.

A-Light thin white head and a gold body

S-Sweet somewhat floral hop smell

T-Sweet grainy front and a really present noble hop middle


D-Nice. One of the better North American representations of this style.

Sent from my iPod

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Photo of Yoozeo
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of berley31
3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head that diminished to 1/2-finger. Body is light gold and completely clear.

S: Not much to the aroma... maybe some light citrus, but it's fairly weak.

T: Easy-drinking beer that is quite refreshing, with citrus notes balancing a bit of sweet malt. The finish has just a touch of bitterness to it.

M: Light-bodied with a slightly creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: Nothing to blow you away, but a very refreshing beer to have in the summer... or in the winter, as I did... but it was definitely a decent beer to start the day with.

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Photo of rale
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Jotora
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nullbort
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Will12
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of bylerteck
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Cycle69
2.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheDoctor
3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: On tap

Pours a clear straw with a skiff of white head that evaporates. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

Some toasted cereals, a little green apple, and not much else. (3.25)

Follows the nose. Strong pils-twang character and some toasty malts, hard water and a touch buttery. (3)

Lightish body, a little slick with prickly carbonation and a quick finish. (3.5)

Not terrible. far from great, though. Too much out-of-control pils malt weirdness, but a decent toastiness.
Refreshing but could be crisper. Neither bad off but nothing super flavorful/well-made either. (3)

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Photo of bobsy
3.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nest beer I had an opportunity to try at The Clocktower. Golden pour with a small white head. Crisp aroma of light malts and a slight touch of citrus. Pleasing malty body is carried off with aplomb, and leans towards lighter malts, and reminds me of a maltier pils. Nice light bittering in the finish. The body is smooth, but also well carbonated. I was impressed by this beer and it slaked my thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold not much head on the pour. Very little aroma - a hint ogf something herbal maybe. Lightly bitter with a floral note, and a little bit of citrus. Light body with a sharp carbonation - a bit too much I think. Otherwise, drinkable and refreshing, but that's it really.

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Photo of -chii-
2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of boszormeny
2.89/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clocktower The Kölsch from The Clocktower Brew Pub - Glebe
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 24 ratings